Meal Planning doesn’t have to be hard or difficult.
If you struggle to decide what you are going to have to eat each night, then you need to meal plan right.
One of the reasons I like to meal plan is that it gives me structure. That, and I don’t overspend and waste food when I go food shopping.
As someone who works in a supermarket, I don’t want to be there any longer than I have to.
It was mentioned in this workshop about cooking your meals around a theme. It was then that the penny dropped for me, and this theme idea really revolutionized the way I planned my meals for the week.
Then I came across the SBS documentary For the Love of Meat (2016). This doco really made me rethink my meat consumption, and thus changed the way I planned my meals again.
As a family, we eat 2 meat-free meals a week. We dedicate Mondays & Thursdays as our vegetarian/vegan days. Occasionally on a Saturday when the kids aren’t home, Tom & I will sneak in another meat-free meal.
Once you start meal planning around themes, you will find it so much enjoyable to cook. It also means that you can easily rotate family favorites.
Meal Theme Inspiration
- Meat Free
- Mexican aka Taco’s
- Slow Cooker
- Brinner aka Breakfast for dinner
The ideas are endless.
Yes, you can incorporate two themes as well. Who said you can’t? We do an excellent Faux Butter Chicken regularly. In fact, we might have it this week.